EMISSIONS: President Joe Biden is expected to announce within the next month a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50% by 2030. (Washington Post; E&E News, subscription)

ALSO: An analysis from the Rhodium Group maps a model tax incentive that could cut emissions by as much as 74% by 2035 without raising consumers’ energy bills. (Axios)

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• The Biden administration withdraws its nomination of Elizabeth Klein to become the Interior Department’s deputy secretary after objections from moderate senators in fossil fuel-producing states. (Washington Post)
New Mexico’s Democratic Congress members prepare legislation aimed at satisfying environmentalists and fossil fuel workers concerned about a moratorium on federal oil and gas leasing. (E&E News)
• A Democrat accuses the GOP of spreading “a false narrative that you can either protect public lands or have job creation” during the House Natural Resources subcommittee’s first hearing of the year. (Arizona Mirror)

The Federal Reserve announces it’s forming a Financial Stability Climate Committee to examine how climate change will affect the global financial system. (The Hill)
The Rhode Island House passes a major climate bill that would legally hold the state government accountable for meeting a net-zero emissions goal in 2050. (Providence Journal)

• Georgia Republicans press President Biden to veto an international trade ruling that threatens to shut down a Korean electric battery maker’s planned factory in the state. (HuffPost)
Jeep reveals an all-electric concept version of its Wrangler, though the company still hasn’t publicly revealed if the model will become reality. (CNBC)

OFFSHORE WIND: House members from both parties and coasts launch an offshore wind caucus focused on boosting the industry and “making the United States a clean energy leader.” (WAVY)

SOLAR: Minnesota solar developers say a state law requiring community solar subscribers to live near projects is limiting growth. (Energy News Network)

NATURAL GAS: Proposals to phase out or reduce the use of natural gas in Nevada homes and businesses are raising questions about equity and energy costs. (E&E News)

UTILITIES: A climate-focused investment group finds 159 of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting companies, including many major U.S. utilities, are falling far short of Paris Climate Agreement goals and investors’ expectations. (Reuters, Energy and Policy)

INFRASTRUCTURE: A high-ranking Republicans senator says the party won’t work with Democrats on infrastructure if the majority advances more controversial pieces through reconciliation. (E&E News, subscription)

• A Gulf Coast liquid natural gas terminal cancels a planned pipeline and fracking network at Texas’ Port of Brownsville amid an unstable global market and stout community opposition. (KVEO; E&E News, subscription)
• A federal appeals court overrules New York environmental officials and clears the way for a pipeline to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to Ontario. (Buffalo News)

COAL: A judge approves a plan for bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel to sell more than 200 mining permits, raising concerns that many may be abandoned and left to states for clean-up. (Ohio Valley ReSource)

• A former vice chair of Texas’ Electric Reliability Council suggests five improvements for the state’s electricity market to avoid another blackout crisis. (Utility Dive)
• Promises for substantive fixes to Texas’ electric grid after last month’s outages are falling by the wayside as lawmakers slowly consider bills that make only minor changes, writes a columnist. (Houston Chronicle)
The oil and gas industries are overreacting to President Biden’s pause on new leases, as companies are preparing to let millions of acres of leased land expire anyway, a policy analyst and researcher write. (Center for American Progress)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.